The Kromski Harp loom is now called the Harp Forte! The
Kromski's have implemented a new ratchet and
pawl system that uses metal parts and rare earth magnets for
tension on your warp. In light of this change they have
blessed the loom with a new name: the Kromski Harp Forte.
Rigid heddle looms are easy and fast to set up and you will be weaving in no time. The Harp Forte loom folds for easy transport with your weaving attached to you can take it anywhere.
Your Kromski Rigid Heddle loom comes with everything you need to get started except yarn: a 8-dent heddle, 2 stick shuttles, a pick-up stick, threading hook, 2 clamps, a warping peg, warping board pegs and the very helpful “warp helper”.
The Kromski Harp Forte loom also has a "Built-in" warping board: turn over the loom , insert the provided pegs, and you can wind your warp. You can also take your rigid heddle loom with you to classes or on vacation since it folds with your weaving attached and fits neatly into an optional tote bag.
This highly functionally rigid heddle loom is crafted from European alder wood with a clear finish, lots of curves and turned pieces. Available in these sizes: 8". 16", 24" and 32".
Shown to right: 16" Kromski Harp flipped around to the back and used as a warping board with warp wound onto it.
With the move to metal parts you can set the tension to a higher setting that may be needed for some of your projects. Whether the tension is slight, moderate or high, the rare earth magnet keeps the ratchet and pawl engaged automatically.
The Kromski tote bag, extra heddles, extra heddle blocks (for more complex weaving) and stands are available separately below.
If you do not want to weave on your Kromski Harp or Harp Forte loom with the back end propped against a table edge, try the loom stand. This will allow you to weave wherever you like! With this stand you will be able to adjust the weaving angle of your loom so that it is a perfect fit for your height. All the pieces have been turned so there is shape and contours to everything. Your warping pegs (these come with the loom) can be used as pegs on either side of the loom to hold shuttles, yarn or to keep other supplies handy.
The remaining pegs can be conveniently stored at the back of the loom, so that they do not get lost. Use the stand for weaving, but also for warping when using a warping peg, and for storage (your Harp can be folded on the stand so it takes up less space). We are sure weavers will find even more ingenious ways to use the Harp floor stand.
Because the Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom conveniently folds (with your warp and project in place), why not put it in a tote bag for easy storage or travel. The bags are made of poly-canvas and feature canvas handles and a shoulder strap.
The base of the tote is reinforced to provide sturdy support of the loom.
There is plenty of room for stick shuttles, pick-up sticks, warping equipment, clamps and your weaving yarns.
Change out the plastic ratchets and paws on your Kromski Harp loom for metal ones and presto, you have the Kromski Forte. Metal ratchets allow for high tension, no other rigid heddle loom offers.
The Kromski Fiddle loom, at 16" weaving width, will do everything the Harp will do in terms of weaving, it is just simpler built and unfinished. The Fiddle loom comes with a 8-dent heddle, 2 stick shuttles, clamps, a modified Warp Helper, warping peg and a threading hook. You can also add the following options to your Kromski Fiddle loom: additional shuttles, ick-up sticks, heddle blocks (to allow the use of 2 heddles) and The Harp stand (above). The Fiddle loom also comes ready for use as a warping board (pre-drilled holes on the back of the frame) - you can purchase the pegs for this purpose or make your own.
The loom is unfinished and partially assembled. You may finish the wood but it is not necessary. Assembly is easy (instructions included) and takes about 30 minutes.
Your Kromski rigid heddle loom comes with an 8 dent rigid heddle reed (as of January 1st 2014), if your loom is older than this date your loom came with a 10 dent reed. Other rigid heddle reeds are available below. For Schacht reeds please check the Schacht page. Kromski reeds also fit Ashford rigid heddle looms and the other way around.
Nicely lacquer finished stick shuttles to accompany your loom. You will want more than just one or two!
A Kromski second heddle block set will allow you to weave more complex designs. In addition to the blocks you will also need two of the same dent reeds. For all sizes of Kromski rigid heddle looms. Set of two blocks
A simple weaving tool, but one that is sure to give your weaving the key to a perfectly tensioned warp. It is easy to use, as you wind your warp on the rear beam use our warp sticks to create a strong foundation that will support your warp from side to side and from one end to the other. Always tension your warp very tight as you wind on. This can only be done correctly with a two person team. Slip in a couple of warp sticks every 2-3 rotations, alternating the position so that the next layer does not sit directly on the previous layer.
A dozen stick will handle 2-3 yard warps, and consider two dozen for longer warps. You can never use too many, and you surely do not want to skimp. They have a width and thickness just right for the Harp. Sold bye the dozen.
Learn to weave with these Kromski videos. Watch video 1 for warping using the built-in warping board on the Harp loom. Watch video 2 if you are using the warping peg. Video 4 shows you how to dress the loom (get is ready for weaving). In video 4 you will learn weave on the Kromski rigid heddle loom
Winding a warp on the built-in warping board
Warping with the warping peg
Dressing the loom
|Weaving with the Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom|
Check out this
easy to weave pattern. It's perfect for beginning weavers
and rigid heddle looms. This simple "log cabin" variation is
easy to weave. Simply warp your loom with two alternating
yarn colors of your choice .
This weaving project is for two pillows so we used a wool yarn, (Nature Spun Worsted in Ash and Snow).
Once the warp in on the loom thread the heddle light, dark x 7, then alternate dark, light x 3. Your repeat is a total of 20 threads. Weave the same way. That's it.
Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
|Weaving Accessories||Nature Spun Yarn||Weaving Books|
The Kromski's have been wood turners and wheel workers for three generations. In 2000 they began a new facet of their business - exporting their products to the rest of the world. In 2002 an innovative line of rigid heddle weaving looms was added. The Kromski rigid heddle looms are easy to use, even for beginners, and easy to take along! Here are some Rigid Heddle loom FAQs that you might find helpful.
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